Holbeach store that sold alcohol to boy loses licence

Liudwai in High Street, Holbeach, has been stripped of its alcohol licence. SG031115-115TW
Liudwai in High Street, Holbeach, has been stripped of its alcohol licence. SG031115-115TW

A partner in an Eastern European shop in Holbeach told her husband he “must look for another job” when he landed them in trouble with the police for selling alcohol to an underage boy.

Liudwai is the second shop in South Holland to lose its premises licence over the illegal sale of alcohol in recent weeks.

How many more steps should this store be given. They should be on top of their game.

Sgt Kim Enderby

Licence holders Waldermar Socha and Liudmila Jasinauskiene appeared before South Holland District Council’s licensing panel on Tuesday to explain why a 16-year-old police volunteer was able to buy four cans of Redds Gruska beer from the store in High Street.

Sgt Kim Enderby said Liudwai and five other shops in Lincolnshire where visited by a police volunteer on Friday, September 11. He said: “Liudwai was the only one where the ID was not checked and alcohol refused.”

Police believe “there has been an intention to undermine the licensing objectives”. In 2012, the premises licence was revoked after illegal cigarettes were seized and a test purchase was made by an underage person. An appeal resulted in the decision being substituted by a number of conditions.

However, in 2013, a warning letter was issued after foreign medicines and a quantity of illegal cigarettes were seized, again in the presence of Mr Socha.

Last year, Mr Socha was again in the shop when alcohol was sold to a 16-year-old.

Sgt Enderby said: “This is clearly not a one-off. The Licensing Authority suggested a stepped approach, but how many more steps should this store be given. They should have been on top of their game.”

Mr Socha, with the help of an interpreter, told the panel he thought the boy was 18. Mrs Jasinauskiene said: “I told him this is serious and he must look for another job. I am inviting my previous employer into the business.”

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